Mountain Lion Recently Reported Just North of Darien, and Not For the First Time

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Someone told New Canaan police that a mountain lion was spotted on Gerdes Road, just north of the Darien-New Canaan border, at about 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 14. The big cat sighting is the third in the past month in New Canaan, and close to the previous one, Aug. 8, on White Oak Shade Lane. The sighting on Gerdes Road is the third in the past month and very close to the most recent one, on Aug.


Police: Three Darien Men Recently Charged in Separate Domestic Incidents

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Darien police responded to several unrelated domestic incidents in recent weeks  resulting in criminal charges being filed against three town residents, including a charge of fourth-degree sexual assault in one case. Police described the incidents with these accounts; no accusations have been proven in court:
July 28, Misdemeanor Sexual Assault Charge
On July 28, at 10:20 a.m., a victim told police that a man, a 50-year-old resident of Turnabout Lane, had made “several unwanted sexual contacts” with the victim over the past several months, according to a police news release. “Video evidence was provided to corroborate the allegations,” the news release said. It provided no details of what was in the video or videos. Police applied for an arrest warrant for the man and received it on Aug.

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Police: 19-Year-Old Man Arrested After Teenage Party With Alcohol at His Home

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Alcohol being drunk at a teenage party on Salt Box Lane “contributed to” a “medical event” in which an ambulance was called in, Darien police said. All the partygoers were below the legal drinking age of 21, and the 19-year-old host was arrested on a charge of providing alcohol to underage drinkers, police said. In a police news release, police did not say: whether more than one person experienced the “medical event,” or or describe in any way what the medical event was, how dangerous it appeared to be, whether the person or persons was or were taken to a hospital or released from a hospital if they were taken there. Police gave this additional account of the incident, including accusations not proven in court:

The call for medical service was made at 11:55 p.m. on Saturday, July 30. Police did not say how many people were at the house at 9 Salt Box Lane.

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Police: Much Ado Online About Not Much We Know After Teen Approached by Someone

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An incident Friday involving a teenager being approached as she got in her vehicle sparked incorrect rumors about what happened, Darien police said in a news release. Nothing in the Monday afternoon announcement indicates a crime was committed or that there is evidence a crime was even attempted. But police say they are actively investigating the matter. According to the release, at about 11:45 p.m. police responded to a report of the incident near the intersection of Glenvale Avenue and Christie Hill Road. Police were told that a white, four-door Jeep Wrangler with a black top had been parked on the street nearby.

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Cameron: Metro-North Doesn’t Give Citations to Riders Violating Masking Rules

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Despite promises to keep their passengers safe during the pandemic, data from Metro-North Police shows that not a single citation was issued to violators of the facemask rule on the commuter railroad in the last nine months. — an announcement from The Commuter Action Group

“Kudos to reporter Brendan Crowley for his FOI request for this
data, filed in late May,” said Jim Cameron of The Commuter Action Group. “As an advocate for riders’ interest I’ve heard almost daily reports of unmasked riders on trains… reported details to the railroad and seen no action taken. This data confirms their ‘safety measures’ were a sham.”

As the CTExaminer reported today:

Transit workers have issued 38 summons for refusing to wear a mask on
public transit since MTA instituted fines on Sept. 14, 2020 — that number
includes riders on New York City subways and buses, and the Long Island
Railroad Since the beginning of 2020, MTA reported that it had issued 772
citations on Metro-North trains, but none for failing to wear masks.


Police: No Domestic Violence Charges After a 911 Call — But a Charge For Someone Who Blocks Another From Completing Call

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Police responding to a 911 call about a domestic incident said they found there was was arguing involved, but didn’t say there was violence — and nobody was charged with a domestic violence crime. But a man hung up the phone when the 911 call was made by the other person, police said, and that resulted in charges against him. Darien police provided this account, including accusations not proven in court:

The call was made to police at 4:39 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, from a home in town. When police went to the residence, they spoke with a 50-year-old man who said there had been a verbal argument, and the other person confirmed that. The victim said that at some point he or she called 911, but the man hung up the call.

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You’re Invited to ‘Coffee With a Cop’ Saturday, July 17, at Caffe Nero

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You can join your neighbors and Darien police officers for coffee and conversation from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, July 17 at Caffe Nero, 1071 Post Road, in downtown Darien. You can come with questions or just talk with police. “No agenda or speeches, just a chance for you to get to know the police officers that work in your community!” the Police Department said in a post on Facebook. Questions?

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State Lawmakers Explore What Can Be Done About Youths Stealing Cars Across the State

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State legislators from both parties recently started more active discussions on what can be done about youths stealing cars across the state, a problem that’s festered for years. In a related development, state Rep. Terrie Wood told constituents Thursday afternoon that she’s joined other lawmakers in petitioning for a special session of the state Legislature to address the problem. The recent death of a runner in New Britain, reportedly struck by a stolen car driven by a 17-year-old with a long criminal history, prompted a GOP news conference on the problem Wednesday morning, and then the meeting of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle that afternoon, according to a report Thursday on the CT News Junkie website. The report also said: “A bipartisan group of lawmakers emerged from a closed-door meeting at the state Capitol Wednesday with plans to pursue policies aimed at reducing youth crime including giving judges more information on the criminal records of repeat offenders.” The Democratic and Republican lawmakers said they “identified some limited common ground,” as the article described it.